My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
I spied Tracy Chevalier's newest book The Last Runaway on the shelf at my local library and decided to pick it up since I thoroughly enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring so much. I did enjoy the tale of Honor Bright but I wasn't as enthusiastic about it as I thought I was going to be. I did however enjoy learning about Quakers a bit because even though I read a lot of historical fiction this religious group doesn't seem to get to much page time. I was also pleasantly surprised to know that the Quakers were staunch abolitionist.
I found the letters that Honor wrote to various friends and family members to be an insight to a soul that was used to hiding away. I don't think Honor Bright thought of herself as very brave, but she came to a new world, ended up alone in an unfamiliar place, and fought against her in-laws and indeed the law itself to stand up against something that she found morally wrong; she is perhaps one of the strongest fictional characters that I've come across in awhile.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if it wasn't one that I would give a five star rating to it still found its way into my heart!